In my country (Sweden) the name for Black-headed gull is 'laughing gull', a 
name I understand has been used here in the US as the colloquial for yet 
another species instead (Leucophaeus atricilla)--even though the Latin name of 
the 'Black-headed gull' does say it's the laughing one: Chroicocephalus 
ridibundus. Confusing! 

It's true they are still common, but I think they also fluctuate strangely, f 
ex at one of Sweden's foremost bird locales (Krankesjön, a Montezuma of sorts) 
when I was a kid it used to be there in massive breeding colonies, super-noisy. 
Now it's almost extinct locally. 
 
--sincerely,
Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
McGraw Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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From: bounce-124361409-84019...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-124361409-84019...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Gary Kohlenberg 
[jg...@cornell.edu]
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2020 8:15 AM
To: Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L; David Nicosia
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black-headed Gull - credit where credit is duets

Thanks Ken. I spoke with Ann Mitchell yesterday, she is in France with Linda, 
and she told me B-H Gulls are everywhere :) It’s always funny to think of one 
person’s rarity as another’s Wegmans bird.

Thanks to Bob’s field trip for spicing up the day.
Gary

On Feb 9, 2020, at 8:12 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:

 Thank you folks for finding this great bird, and Dave for getting the word 
out. I just want to suggest that since the BHGU was hanging with Ring-billed 
Gulls, and since this is an abundant gull in urban areas throughout Europe, I 
would keep an eye out for it at Wegmans or other parking lots where Ring-bills 
gather during the day.

Ken

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 9, 2020, at 4:13 PM, David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote:


I have noticed a few ebird reports that state I found the BHGU. It was Ken 
Kemphues who originally found what he thought was a Bonaparte's gull. There 
were 5 of us, Ken, Diane Morton, Suzanne Giffin, myself and of course Bob 
McGuire who was leading the field trip. After looking at bird we collectively 
began thinking BHGU given the larger red bill, very red legs and lighter gray 
mantle. Ken actually started this conversation.  Since the bird would be such a 
mega rarity we wanted to be 100 percent sure. I sent a photo to Jay McGowan who 
confirmed it for us. Since I had a decent photo I sent the RBA out.  A great 
bird no doubt. A lifer for me!

Glad a lot of folks enjoyed it.  Hope it sticks around. Good birding to all!!

Best,
Dave Nicosia
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